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Hi I'm Jared

I'm a laid-back, fun-loving, but hard-working person. I'm a bioengineering student at UC Berkeley, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a loving family, with three siblings. I have great relationships with them to this day, and they tolerated my persistent begging to have them play with me. I was a pretty carefree kid who loved his games--sports, board games, video games. I loved puzzles, and I was a creative kid. I still am that same kid, just a little older, wiser, and more aware of the world around me. I enjoy making friends with those around me. I really enjoy forming close relationships. Even though I'm pretty friendly, I'm not the most outgoing--I have my introverted side. I think a lot about different things; I make it my goal to understand as much as I can about the world--both its people and the world itself. I enjoy more laid-back activities as much as I do the more stimulating activities. I enjoy writing, relaxing, taking walks, golf, bowling; but I'm also a big fan of snowboarding, basketball, tennis, ping pong, movies, and just spending time with the people I care about. I'm pretty easy-going about what I do, as long as I keep myself fairly busy. I took the attitude of going all-in for most things I do, including education and taking my religion seriously. I do what I can to learn all that I can, which meant I focused on my studies as well as listening carefully to other people. My school work paid off to get me to UC Berkeley for college; for church, I'm fairly knowledgable and work hard to be a good person--and I hope to make a difference in the world one day.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised a Mormon. It's something that I grew up believing it's true. But here's the truth: you can live off of your parents beliefs for only so long before you form your own. I had my challenges that pushed me away from the faith. It took time. It set rules. And, it has to be something you truly believe. It's not easy to set aside time for church when you have other commitments. You have church responsibilities, should attend church on Sunday, and set aside time to study the gospel and pray. Rules. I hate rules. I was always that rebellious kid. If I didn't understand why a rule existed, I openly flaunted it. I want my freedom to choose whatever I want. I don't need more rules. Being a Mormon requires someone to truly believe in it. There are too many people who are against Mormons among the other sacrifices to be a member unless you truly believe. But that's the wonderful thing about the Church--when you do truly believe, it changes your life in a way that you can never go back. It gives you hope, both for this life and the next. You understand why bad things happen in the world; you are more grateful for each blessing you have; you understand your purpose in life and so you can find true happiness in the gospel, as well as to many pleasurable activities you can have with your fellow members and from spiritual experiences. Although those things were challenges for me, I found that as I devoted more time to the gospel, the more other things in life fell into place, and I was able to do all the things that truly matter. I realized the rules were there to help me make good decisions for my personal happiness as well as others. I truly believe--a multiplicity of small spiritual experiences, combined with blessings and feelings that I'm doing what's right taught me that. I know from reading the scriptures, prayer, and listening to spiritual leaders that this Church is true. I know I felt the Holy Ghost (or Spirit), and I knew that He knew. So, I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

People know I'm a Mormon because of the way I live my life. I follow the LDS standards--I don't swear; I'm honest; I don't drink tea, coffee, or alcohol; I don't smoke; I don't have sex. A lot of my friends seem to associate Mormons with smiles, kindness, friendliness, and a positive attitude because of the way I live my life and the way they have seen other Mormons live theirs. I try my best to geniunely care for others. I make my best effort to include those who look like they feel alone, and I truly try to get know people. I want to understand them and who they are; I want to know what they are about. I do my best to help others, but mostly this just comes to small gestures, such as just listening, or an encouraging word. I feel like I have integrated being a Mormon in who I am, so I also talk about my religion. I have explained my perspective on life to others often because they are curious about me. I feel like the message the gospel contains is a life-changing one. It brings temporal peace and eternal salvation for the next life, so why wouldn't I want to talk about it sometimes? I live my faith by devoting time to it. I go to the activities and get to know people in my ward. I help where I can to put the activities on and try to make them more exciting. I spend time going to church every Sunday, studying my scriptures, praying, and pondering the gospel. I try my best to know as much as I can about my religion, and the more I learn, the more strongly I believe.